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The community of poets I belong to is not as close as it used to be,
by John Barton

The community of poets I belong to is not as close as it used to be,
if only for the fact that our lives have become busier:
jobs,
children, and the like.
- John Barton

No poem is easily grasped; so why should any reader expect fast results?
- John Barton

Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered
into by reading other poems.
- John Barton

I find it exhausting to administer a magazine without an office or paid staff.
- John Barton

 

Poetry is but another form of inquiry into the nature of phenomena,
using with its own unique procedures and tools.
- John Barton

Reading should be a repeat performance.
- John Barton

I would not say I chose to write long poems on a conscious level.
The long poem has been a relative constant.
- John Barton

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Who is the ideal reader? God only knows.
- John Barton

Writing can sometimes be exploitative.
I like to take a few steps of remove in order to respect
the privacy of the subject.
If readers make the link, they have engaged with the poem.
- John Barton

I became intrigued with colour theory.
The absurd pronouncements of the Colour Institute,
a group that decides what colours are hot each year or season,
amused me.
- John Barton

You can never step into the same book twice,
because you are different each time you read it.
- John Barton

I have become intrigued with the combining of seemingly
unrelated ideas or images,
or the drawing upon the many, sometimes dissimilar,
meanings a word might have.
- John Barton

Poets can't resist the dramatic pull of their lives
and so inevitably write autobiographical verse.
- John Barton

The point of an experiment is not to arrive at a predetermined end point,
to prove or disprove anything, but to deliver a poem
that reveals much about the process taken.
- John Barton

Some readers allow their prejudices to blind them.
A good reader knows how to disregard inappropriate responses.
- John Barton

I consider a poem to be a kind of experiment where
a number of elements are brought together under test
conditions to see how they will interact to create meaning or relevance.
- John Barton

I have been told by a member of the board of one of
Canada's most prominent literary magazines that a submission
of mine once caused a great deal of controversy.
- John Barton

The reader's challenge is to replicate the experiment
by reading the poem and to draw their own conclusions.
- John Barton

If poetry alters the way in which the reader views the world,
then it has had its desired effect.
- John Barton

Most victims of my autobiographical verse are either far too polite,
remarkably understanding unaware that I have written poems about them.
- John Barton

An experienced reader uses the poem as an agent of inquiry.
This makes poetry very exciting, unstable,
and interactive.
- John Barton

I sometimes like to tinker with poems that have failed,
ones that I have sent aside.
Even years afterward, I will revisit them if there
is something about them that I cannot give up on.
- John Barton

To me many short poems read and write like beginnings
that simply whet my appetite;
I want to get over that.
- John Barton

I have always been very obsessed with time.
Time's passage makes us all very vulnerable and because
we all experience it in our own way,
it can make us feel very alone.
- John Barton

The poet must decide not to impose his feelings in
order to write without sentimentality.
- John Barton

I feel very connected to poets across the country.
- John Barton

A literary journal is intended to connect writer with reader;
the role of the editor is to mediate.
- John Barton

In the past, poetry came in the form of spells and
chants used to effect change.
- John Barton

Poets have to be sensitive to their audience,
but it does not mean that they censor themselves.
I realise my audience is diverse.
Some will read with empathy and curiosity while others will take offense.
- John Barton

The experiment of the poem is mostly intuitive.
I write the first draft, pulling in the various elements that interest me,
in the hope that their being combined will lead to some kind of insight.
- John Barton

We are comfortable with the fact that we cannot know
personally what happened in the world before we were born,
yet we are uncomfortable with the notion that we will
stop engaging with time at some point in the future.
- John Barton

My obsession with time informs my poetry so completely
it is hard for me to summarize it.
We want time to pass, for new things to happen to us,
we want to hold on to certain moments,
we don't want our lives to end.
- John Barton

Our opportunity is to Soar our Spirit.
To see Light and Joy in everything.
To spread our wings and fly boldly.
To give thanks for rainbows and butterflies -
our symbols of renewal and rebirth.
To offer daily Thanksgiving - for ourselves, our family,
our friends, our community, for the whole world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

No written law has ever been more binding
than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
- Carrie Chapman Catt

Most people don't CHOOSE their value system -
they simply inherit the beliefs of their parents and community.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A small compassionate act enlarges the scope of community.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I am at Peace with myself,
my family, my community, and the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Balance activity with serenity,
wealth with simplicity,
persistence with innovation,
community with solitude,
familiarity with adventure,
constancy with change,
leading with following.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The way you get meaning into your life
is to devote yourself to loving others,
devote yourself to your community around you,
and devote yourself to creating something
that gives you purpose and meaning
- Mitch Albom

Our opportunity is always to make the choice for Joy.
To see the world with new eyes - open eyes - loving eyes.
To choose compassion and understanding -
for ourselves, our family, our friends,
our community, for the whole world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A working definition of Honor is,
"respect or esteem that has been earned."
Contemplate that for a moment.
It would be very special to earn the respect and esteem
of our family, our friends, our co-workers, our community, wouldn't it?
If anything, it is of even more moment to honor yourself.
Those who are successful and happy earn their own
self-respect and self-esteem.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you doubt the virtue in self-honor,
remember what the flight attendant says,
"Put your own oxygen mask on first."
You are of no use to anyone else
if you have not taken care of your own needs first -
this includes your own emotional,
as well as physical, well-being.
In addition, your greatest value to your children,
your family, your friends, and your community
is the example you set, leading a great life that inspires
those around you to emulate your being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Tell me about a person's family, friends, and community,
and I'll tell you what his opinions are.
- Mark Twain
(paraphrase)

Our society is not a community, but merely a collection
of isolated family units.
- Valerie Solanas

Marriage, n: the state or condition of a community consisting of a master,
a mistress, and two slaves, making in all,
two.
- Ambrose Bierce

Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor
is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community.
- Andrew Carnegie

America has a critical role to play as the most powerful
member of the world community.
- Adam Schiff

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives.
I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.
- Abraham Lincoln

Music's not like becoming a doctor, who can walk into
a community and find people who need him.
- Charlie Byrd

By giving us the opinions of the uneducated,
journalism keeps us in touch
with the ignorance of the community.
- Oscar Wilde

Granted, the writers, directors, producers,
and that community make a great deal of money.
But they might be choosing to do a whole lot of other
things for the living they make.
- Norman Lear

I think, though, as African-American women,
we are always trained to value our community even at
the expense of ourselves,
and so we attempt to protect the African-American community.
- Anita Hill

One of the biggest problems out there that I hear from
my friends in the business community is that there's no lending,
that it's tough to get a loan today.
- Alexi Giannoulias

Security for agriculture merits serious concern by
not only the agricultural community but our nation as a whole.
The risk to the U.S.
food supply and overall economy is real.
- Pat Roberts

But the community knew Blade, and everybody but us
was shocked at the box office,
and subsequently the DVD.
That was the beginning of the DVD revolution,
and Blade was just like wildfire.
- Avi Arad

We need to help students and parents cherish and preserve
the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and
strengthens this community -
and this nation.
- Cesar Chavez

You need a whole community to raise a child.
I have raised two children, alone.
- Toni Morrison

We're going to have more kids playing,
and we're going to have a better chance of finding
those players Minor sports in a community is for fun and recreation.
For everyone.
- Bobby Orr

Business, labor and civil society organizations have
skills and resources that are vital in helping to build
a more robust global community.
- Kofi Annan

The Round-Up is a wonderful community celebration,
and I greatly enjoy the chance to visit with residents
and see so many families enjoying the festivities offered throughout the week.
- Greg Walden

The human rights community has focused very narrowly
on political and civil rights for many decades,
and with reason, but now we have to ask how can we broaden the view.
- Paul Farmer

Since 1985, I have written about contemporary Jewish
practice and the Jewish community.
- Anita Diament

What's much harder is taking on people in your own community.
- Jonathan Shapiro

For a solitary animal egoism is a virtue that tends
to preserve and improve the species:
in any kind of community it becomes a destructive vice.
- Erwin Schrodinger

Conflict is not inevitable, but disarmament is...
everyone now accepts that if there is a default by
Saddam the international community must act to enforce its will.
- Tony Blair

Community colleges play an important role in helping
people transition between careers by providing the
retooling they need to take on a new career.
- Barack Obama

For our welfare reform efforts to be successful,
we must empower local charitable organizations with
the resources to address their local community needs.
- Mel Carnahan

Brando's a family friend.
His mother gave my father a shot to be in a play at
the Omaha Community Playhouse.
That was the first production he was in.
- Peter Fonda

Any young man who is unmarried at the age of twenty
one is a menace to the community.
- Brigham Young

No, I don't belong to a retirement community.
- Sally Kellerman


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